Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019
Classic aromas and flavours of dried rose, herbs and sour cherry. Lovely Nebbiolo.
Massolino are one of the outstanding modern producers in Serralunga d’Alba, a traditional home to very structured, long-lived Nebbiolo based reds. This is a wonderful and approachable Nebbiolo, with beautifully pronounced tannins balanced by good fruit intensity. Classic aromatics of dried rose, herbs and sour cherry flow onto the palate shaped by marked acidity and freshness alongside body and drive. This is a great insight into just how good Nebbiolo can be.
Region/Country: Piedmont, Italy
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Fermentation in stainless steel prior to maturation in traditional botti for over 1 year
Style: Floral and pure fruited with great drinkability at a young age
Pairing Suggestion: Red meats, richer Italian dishes, grilled meats and vegetables
Profile: Nebbiolo is an extremely finicky variety, and has rarely been successfully grown outside its traditional home in Piedmont, Northern Italy. This is unfortunate, as it is an extremely high quality variety, perhaps second only to Pinot Noir in terms of allure. Fortunately we are now seeing some high quality examples emerging from Australia. The wine is typically intensely aromatic, developing the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet in which, variously, roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar. These continue onto a palate defined by high acidity and robust tannin structure which can make it occassionaly challenging in youth. Nebbiolo is a variety which can age handsomely, with a softening of structure and increasing complexity.
Classic Regions: Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Alto-Piemonte (Italy), McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley (Australia)
This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. In recent years, the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. The vineyards, with vines up to 60 years old, are in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba: the source of some of the greatest, most structured and longest-lived Barolos. Franco decided to use screwcap after blind tastings with different closures resulted in his Langhe Nebbiolo showing best when bottled under Stelvin Lux.